Sunday morning, the Portland Trail Blazers announced the acquisition of forward Robert Covington from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Trevor Ariza, Portland’s draft rights to Isaiah Stewart, and a 2021 protected first-round pick.
Last season, Covington finished the season ranked third in the league in total steals with 115 and tied for 10th in total blocks with 93.
He was one of only two players in the league to finish in the top-10 in both categories. The other player was Andre Drummond.
Trail Blazers President of basketball operations Neil Olshey discussed what the deal means for Portland in the team’s press release.
Robert is an elite defender and consummate professional that will make an immediate impact on both ends of the floor. His versatility enables him to play multiple positions and his character and professionalism will allow him to transition seamlessly into our culture.
President of basketball operations Neil Olshey
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) November 22, 2020
In 70 games and 68 starts with Houston and Minnesota during the 2019-20 season, Covington averaged 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.64 steals and 1.33 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game.
Covington will wear No. 23 for the Trail Blazers.
During this shortened offseason, Portland has so far traded for Covington and Enes Kanter as well as re-signed Rodney Hood and future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony, and have now added Harry Giles.